Kerala
Kumarakom Lake Resort

Set on the shores of Lake Vembanad, and sprawled over 25 acres of lush greenery, Kumarakom Lake Resort is idyllic.  Accommodation is in beautifully reconstructed manas, the traditional homesteads of Kerala, and is the perfect blend of traditional local architecture and style, and luxury modern comfort.

Some even open directly onto the 250 metre long meandering pool which weaves its way through the resort.  When it comes to cooling off, there’s also a large infinity pool looking out over the lake, the perfect spot from which to relax and watch the boats go by. Foodies will love The Seafood Bar, set on the banks of the backwaters with incredible sunset views.

Facilities & Activities

Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to swimming pools!  The large infinity pool, with jacuzzi, overlooks the water, giving the illusion of being part of the shimmering lake, and is a lovely spot to relax and watch life go by on the lake. The second serpentine pool, meanders for 250 metres across the resort and a number of the rooms have direct access on to it. There is also the option to take a villa with a small private pool.

Ayurmana, the Ayurvedic healing centre, has its home in a beautiful 200 year old traditional mansion, and offers a large range of treatments. Yoga and meditation are also on offer and there is a state of the art fitness centre.

The resort has a pottery hut, where you can unleash your creativity, you can learn to weave, join a cooking class, and there are plenty of lake activities on offer, including backwater cruises, sunset cruises, water sports and fishing. Visits can be arranged to the nearby Bird Sanctuary, and guided village walks or cycle tours can be organised for those keen to venture beyond the resort and learn more about this beautiful region.

In the evenings traditional musicians or Kathkali dancers perform Kerala’s traditional dance-drama for guests to enjoy.

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Dining

The resort’s main restaurant, Ettukettu, is a multi-cuisine restaurant, set in a stately eight-sided mansion with 2 central courtyards. Alongside the traditional Keralan delicacies, you’ll find a range of continental options.

The Seafood Bar, Vembanad, is a must for any seafood lovers, set right on the water, with superb sunset views. For a private dining experience, you can also advance book the Pool Pavilion for a candlelit dinner.

Don’t miss the opportunity to also visit Thattukada, the traditional, open air tea shop; a perfect stop for a cup of chai, chat and a local sweet snack in the early evening!

 

Rooms

The rooms, villas and suites at Kumarakom Lake Resort are in beautifully reconstruction manas, the traditional homesteads of Kerala, which have been transported from their original homes and reassembled by hand. The result is a stunning combination of traditional architecture and luxury.

There are 6 categories of room, starting with the Luxury Pavilion rooms, set within the lush greenery around the resort, and meandering pool villas with access to the pool from a private bathing cove and outdoor seating area. The meandering pool duplex villas , are two-story villas, with a sitting room downstairs and bedroom upstairs. For those looking for a bit more privacy, the Heritage Villas and Heritage Lake View Villas, come with a private pool and jacuzzi. At the top end, the Presidential Suites boast their own infinity pools overlooking the lake, a large private outdoor area, two bathrooms, and separate indoor living space.

 

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Family

A great resort for families, children will love the abundance of swimming pools, and the host of activities on offer. The water sports available on the lake, are particularly popular with older children, and there is a small children’s playroom. The restaurant serves a good selection of continental cuisine, so those not too keen on the Keralan delicacies will be well catered for.

Extra beds are available in all categories, and the duplex villas are a good option with the additional sitting room giving more space to spread out. Children will also love the direct access to the meandering pool.

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of the resorts’ ethos, believing in restoring the rich architectural heritage of Kerala along with its natural surroundings, whilst providing the best of services and it has won awards for its efforts.

The hotel’s vision started at conception with all materials being reused and recycled from existing Keralan homes, which were painstakingly taken apart, moved and put back together by hand. And it continues in the day to day running of the hotel. There is no plastic anywhere, instead the hotel is offering safe drinking water, by stringently purifying rain and ground water, with micro filters and reverse osmosis, served in reusable glass bottles throughout the property. All toiletries are from natural and organic ingredients and even the soap-holders are made from leaves. Food where possible is sourced locally, and local communities are supported through authentic cultural programmes.

Location

On the shores of Lake Vembanad, in the village of Kumarakom, the resort nestles right in the heart of the backwaters. It therefore forms the perfect place from which to explore these unique waterways from, also only a 2 hour drive from Cochin Airport and less than an hour from some of our favourite Keralan beach resorts.

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